What Is Power Steering and How Does It Work?

Power steering is used in almost every modern vehicle today, whether you have a car, truck, or SUV. Power steering is a system of parts that allow drivers better control when parking, driving at low speeds, and maneuvering the steering wheel.

 

Without the power steering system, you would find it super hard to turn your steering wheel and vehicle's wheels. The power steering system is almost always hydraulic and is comprised of various parts, including:

  • a sensor that detects power
  • a pump that helps generate the hydraulic pressure in the system
  • valves that move the power steering fluid
  • actuators that turn the wheels
  • fluid lines
  • steering wheel

The power steering system is complex because it will give you better control without being overly sensitive; it needs a good balance of control. The effect of the power steering system depends on the type of vehicle you drive and the manufacturer. Some luxury cars have very sensitive steering, while older and standard cars may have a more rigid steering wheel.

 

If any of the parts we listed above starts malfunctioning, you may experience handling problems. One common symptom is a rigid steering wheel, making it hard to steer. Typically, a fluid leak in the system can cause this type of warning sign and should be attended to as soon as possible. You don't want to put your and others' safety at risk.

 

It would be best if you had your power steering system, especially its fluid, regularly inspected to attain proper control of your vehicle at all times. If you suspect that you require a power steering repair, we urge you to bring your vehicle to the pros at Bay Area & Tire Service. We have eight convenient locations that you can visit!